You said I was to imagine a great thirst,
and then to slake it.
But I think “back at ya!” –
instead why don’t YOU imagine
you are the sea itself
with salt in your throat,
waves rolling off your tongue
tasting the brine of last night’s sleep –
the great deep trenches
deep as the pathways
of your lungs, as if we could name
your breaths Mariana, Tonga, Aleutian –

And you cannot imagine thirst
because you are nothing but thirst.
And you cannot imagine drink,
because you are nothing but drink.

In this way you, the reader, and I
break the fourth wall of the sea –
the stone jetties and dikes,
the levees and breakwaters,
give way. Our tsunami comes then,
beyond imagination.

Miz Quickly


  1. qbit says:

    Reblogged this on qbit.


  2. Ron. says:

    Trenchant composition. Thanks

    Liked by 1 person

    1. qbit says:

      “Trenchant” LOL!


  3. barbcrary says:

    I love this so very much, both the concept and the execution.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. whimsygizmo says:

    Love this, especially:
    “you are the sea itself”

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Debi says:

    What a clever write. Just brilliant

    Liked by 1 person

    1. qbit says:

      Thank you!!


  6. Helen says:

    … taking my breath away, naming each breath.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. coalblack says:

    This is just so darn cool, especially the final two stanzas!

    A second qbit blog, who knew?

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Jules says:

    I thought of the Kracken in the sea at first, but the sea all the waters as one living entity –
    Really an oceanic leap of thought! waving – well done!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Shawna says:

    “as if we could name
    your breaths …” From this all the way to the end is particularly magnificent. When I finished, I realized I had been holding my breath I was so moved.

    Liked by 1 person

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